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Comment: Redirected Blame (Score 1) 435

by bchat (#47262085) Attached to: Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's
Google and Yahoo can only hire from the available, qualified workforce. Anyone who has been through a degree in Computer Science knows that very few women choose that career path. It's not Google or Yahoo's fault that women don't choose computer careers. I know women who have chosen an IT career path and they are just as competent as the men. Personally, I gladly welcome more women to go into IT and become qualified. But, most women seem to think that IT is too geeky for them. People who write these articles completely miss the real facts. They spread more misinformation and become part of the problem rather than the solution.

Comment: Re:IPv6 Addresses (Score 1) 305

by bchat (#47215895) Attached to: When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?
Those are good points. But, on my home network, where I have both Windows and Linux machines, I don't have DNS. mDNS doesn't work reliably on Windows; it just quits working altogether sometimes. And WINS/samba is hard to configure on Linux so that it works well with Windows machines. So, I always end up using IP addresses. In addition WOW! forced me to add another subnet where I already had a subnet and have to keep it because WOW!'s Wiffee has a very short range. I will have to setup a DNS server I guess. I can do that, but most people can't. There really isn't a good solution for diverse home networks. I guess if you have all Apples or all Windows, you're fine. If I could get to all Linux machines, mDNS would be a good solution. Maybe when Skyrim and Diablo run on Linux...

Comment: Re:IPv6 Addresses (Score 1) 305

by bchat (#47215169) Attached to: When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?
I think reducing the length of the address by using a larger number of symbols (a larger number base) would make it easier to remember. My brain can remember the meaning of the symbols in a larger symbol pool easier than it can remember a longer string of symbols. The numeric meanings of the symbols in a larger set of symbols only needs to be memorized once. Then you have increased the efficiency and power of your numeric symbol system. Whereas if you use a longer string of symbols, you have to memorize more data every time you see a new number. In other words, if you put in a little extra work up front, it will pay off over time.

Comment: IPv6 Addresses (Score 5, Interesting) 305

by bchat (#47214479) Attached to: When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?
IPv6 addresses are so long that you can't remember them long enough to read the address from one machine and type it into another. I understand it requires a long number to have a large enough address space. But, it seems unworkable from a human perspective. No I haven't thought of a better solution. I'm just saying that this is a significant usability problem and a barrier to adoption.

Comment: Prevention (Score 0) 68

by bchat (#46346237) Attached to: Scientists Demonstrate Virus That Spreads Across Wi-Fi Access Points

So what do we tell people to do to prevent this type of attack. We need something simple enough that ordinary (non-./ers) can do it. Here's my thoughts:

WPA2 without Wi-Fi Protected Setup (to avoid a vulnerability)
A customized SSID not matching:
A random pass phrase of 13 characters

Anything else for a simple-as-possible, end-user setup criteria?

Comment: Re:Blocked Due to Stupidity (Score 0) 221

by bchat (#46336113) Attached to: South Park Game Censored On Consoles Outside North America

the History Channel

Look, I love shows about ancient aliens visiting the Vikings as much as the next guy. But I still have appreciation for some good satire too.

I understand. But, ask yourself if you're just accepting whatever they decide to put on TV or are you evaluating it against some intelligent criteria? Does good satire have to be as disgusting, revolting, insulting, disrespectful and ugly as they can get away with, or could it be done with a little more class? What do you think other countries think of us when we export the basest kind of entertainment?

Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.